Toolkit for Musicians

Singing and making music with residents in care homes can be challenging but it is always rewarding. This toolkit will help you start, whether you’re a professional musician, care home staff or an amateur singer (and there are tips for the more established, too.) Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a video of LMN musicians discussing the benefits of working in outreach settings, such as care homes.

Find out about:

1. What happens in a singing care home?

  • The many ways of singing activities
  • What you need to know before starting

2. Getting down to details

  • Making connections with care homes
  • Selling singing
  • Learning care home culture
  • Choosing songs
  • Leading a singing session

3. Repertoire – what music to choose?

  • Musical Integrity
  • Balancing familiar music with less familiar
  • Repertoire

4. Making the money stretch

  • The many ways of enhancing singing – on little or no additional resources

5. Practical matters

  • Training and Support
  • Safeguarding
  • Insurance


Download a copy of The Rhythm of Life, a toolkit for singing leaders here